When to request or agree to a View of The Child Report. This issue can be a dilemma for both parent and practitioner. Should a therapist/psychologist or lawyer conduct the View of the child Report? Again a question a parent needs to explore and do their research.
I have completed a few reports over the last few years and it is my practice to obtain information from the referral source. A standard View of the Child Report is a verbatim account of what a child wishes related to a parenting arrangement or other decsion that the child/youth provides input. The View of the ChildReport author cannot provide an opinion nor express impressions regarding the child's statements or wishes.
Unfortunately the request for this type of report is often used to circumvent a more comprehensive process, either a therapeutic assessment or a section 211. In the situation of high conflict divorce or where there are allegations of Parental Alienation a standardViewof the Child Report is not recommended. Children who resist contact with one parent often require a more comprehensive report. The lawyers and parents can agree on a variation of the standard report however a therapeutic author is often best when impressions or an opinion is requested.
Parents need to be aware given the standardView of the Child Report'slimitations that if the child alleges abuse the author of the report is legally bound to report the child’s statements to the Ministry for Children and Families. Given the author of the report is not able to assess the validity of the child’s statements nor obtain details regarding the statements a report to the appropriate authorities is made immediately. Therefore parents need to be very aware of the parameters of this type of report before agreeing to the process. For more information, JP. Boyd's website has additional information.